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NIU victim's mother speaks out for gun control

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The mother of the youngest shooting victim at Northern Illinois University is asking Congress to put tougher gun control laws on the books.

Mary Kay Mace of Petersburg joined law enforcement and community leaders Wednesday for a rally in front of the old state Capitol in Springfield. Mace says she never expected to be in the spotlight on this issue but calls a lack of congressional action "shameful." Mace's daughter — 19-year-old Ryanne (RY'-in) Mace — was one of five students who died when a gunman opened fire in Northern Illinois University lecture hall in February 2008.

The rally was part of an effort by Organizing for Action, a nonprofit group that stemmed from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. The group is focusing on gun control efforts.

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